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  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Jan. 21

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Jan. 21

    ELLSWORTH — A complaint about someone allegedly checking mailboxes in Lamoine Jan. 12 turned out to be a boy “performing nice gestures by placing treats in the mailboxes of locals in the area,” said Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcus Downes. Sexual assault investigation Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Stephen McFarland is investigating a teenage girl’s report

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    Maine State Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash on Route 1 in Topsfield Jan. 14 that claimed the life of a Houlton man.  Tyler Dwyer, 30, was deceased at the scene, police said. An unnamed passenger was injured. Dwyer had been southbound in a 2009 Ford pickup truck, which belongs to Bushwacker

  • Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 21

    Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 21

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Jan. 11 and 18: Bailey A. Bryant, 24, Albion, violating conditions of release. Kirsten M. Jacobsen, 47, Lamoine, unlawful drug possession. Jessob D. Hayward, 22, Gouldsboro, failure to appear. Matthew S. Gauthier, 48, Ellsworth, violating conditions of release. Rachelle M. Welch-Nickerson, 35, Bangor,

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Police Department arrested three people during the past week and summoned two others. Police arrested Rachelle Welch-Nickerson, 35, of Bangor on charges of unlawful possession of a schedule drug and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatus on Jan. 12. On Jan. 14, Sgt. Darrin Moody arrested Joshua Perry, 39, of Prospect on

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 21

    ELLSWORTH — Deer hunting season may be long over, but it is still possible to bag a deer — on the road. Numerous accidents occurred on local roadways this past week as a direct result of deer running in front of moving vehicles. The crashes resulted in injury and death for the deer involved, but

  • Versant Power requests rate increase

    Versant Power requests rate increase

    Customers of Versant Power may see a $4 increase on their bill starting next fall. The company is proposing that the new rate, an increase of 25.4 percent, be divided over two years to help mitigate the financial burden on its customers, citing “the challenges faced by our customers and the communities we serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • Trenton School Committee talks solar, preliminary budget

    Trenton School Committee talks solar, preliminary budget

    “If we’re going to do solar, we ought to do the roof,” said Alternative Organizational Structure 91 (AOS 91) Superintendent Marc Gousse. “The key question is what do the citizens want to do with the roof?” Gousse noted that if the town did not want to fix the roof, solar technology could still be implemented at the school. At Mount Desert Island High School, solar technology was added for, “$0 down,” he said. “And we’re reaping the benefits of that already.”

  • Elver quotas to remain flat

    Elver quotas to remain flat

    The Maine Department of Resources has released its 2021 elver quotas for license holders and they look the same as those in place for 2020. The quotes also propose a new “tending requirement,” requiring that the contents of fyke nets and Sheldon box traps be removed at least once every 16 hours, with the theory being that if fishermen regularly check their nets and traps, the risk of bycatch and elver mortality will decrease.

    Last year elver prices dropped to a 10-year low, $506 average price per pound, down from $2,000 per pound in 2015 and $2,366 in 2018. The price drop was largely related to a drop in demand from Asian buyers, mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to elver fisherman Darrell Young, who founded the Maine Elver Fishermen Association. Demand for the coming 2021 season is difficult to gauge, he said.

  • Offshore wind project raises questions for lobstermen

    Offshore wind project raises questions for lobstermen

    A Gulf of Maine offshore wind power initiative Maine Governor Janet Mills rolled out late last year has raised concern in the lobster fishing community, with Maine Lobstermen’s Association Executive Director Patrice McCarron telling The American that “the area identified by the state of Maine for a potential offshore wind farm is prime fishing bottom for Maine fishermen.”

  • From Cameroon to Maine, Father Berngeh to serve Catholic parish

    From Cameroon to Maine, Father Berngeh to serve Catholic parish

    As a parish priest, Father Berngeh will serve St. Joseph and Catholic churches in Bar Harbor, Dedham, Manset, Bucksport, Castine, Stonington, Northeast Harbor and Winter Harbor as well as the Blue Hill Mission. But first he needs a Maine driver’s license. “I just got the DMV book to study for my driving test,” he said, adding he had learned to drive in the United States while in Los Angeles.